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Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

Unaffiliated voters are an emerging force

By Kirkwood Callahan • Guest Columnist Political change may arrive with the speed of a tsunami transforming all before it. The GOP takeover of Congress in 1994 was such an event. Another change may move more slowly like a steadily…
Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are bracing for a higher-than-normal level of bear activity this fall and are warning Park visitors and neighbors to be especially careful about protecting their food and garbage from bears.
Wednesday, 13 September 2006 00:00

See no warming, hear no warming, speak no warming

Two ostriches with their heads buried in the sand were having a conversation. The first ostrich said, chuckling, “Man can you believe it — all those wild stories about the earth heating up and the oceans rising?”
It’s almost time for resolution and termination but first some last minute housekeeping. You should know that I do not believe Adam and Eve are historical people. I was taught Darwin’s theory of biological evolution by the Jesuits and that’s…
My buddy, “Ralph,” teaches at a major university. He is about as bright a guy as I’ve ever met and one of the most well rounded. He can expound on any topic from the physical sciences to the formation of…
The theme throughout this book has been: When a person is emotionally messed up, he or she was made that way, in most instances, from childhood experiences. This is not my idea; I’ve just brought it to your attention. Those…
When listening to my patients tell about their less-than-perfect, sometimes horrific, childhoods, I sometimes asked myself, “Who saved their butts?” Yes, they were in analysis and, yes, they had a multitude of problems yet they were, in most cases, able…
When children are growing up their parents are omnipotent, so it is safe to say they will have enormous impact on their children’s emotional development. When environmentally caused problems arise, a parent is probably — at least partially — responsible,…
Many of the maladies that affect our emotional systems are fueled by the amount of anger we have storehoused in our unconscious minds. This cache of dangerous energy will dictate more than any other factor whether we are at peace…
The majority of my patients came to see me because they were depressed. Some were especially down in the dumps and others were only vaguely sad — but all the time. Depression is now at the epidemic level in the…
I was sitting in the rocking chair on the front porch of our house in the North Carolina mountains enjoying the summer night. Barbara was out of town visiting her parents. It was an extraordinarily pleasant evening with soft breezes…
People go through life with a multitude of eyeballs. Architects see structures noting design and materials; realtors look for FSBO’s (for sale by owner’s); clergymen see the wondrous hand of God on his creation, or they see the mark of…
Shrinks, like other professionals, are a kaleidoscope of humanity. They are fat, skinny, tall, short, handsome, beautiful, ugly. Some have bombastic personalities and others are terribly shy. If there is a common thread, and of course there is, shrinks, like…
Early in our training we were taught that our most important tool to help patients was our intuition, because the heart and gut are more attuned to emotions than is the logic of the brain. Intuition, we learned, superceded academic…
Sigmund Freud, M.D., of Vienna, Austria, is known as The Father of Psychoanalysis. Note, that is the Father, not the founder. The founder was another medical doctor, Joseph Breuer, who was a friend and mentor to Sigmund. Dr. Breuer had…
Wednesday, 28 June 2006 00:00

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 13: Dreams

At a social gathering I am introduced to someone. The conversation goes like this: Mutual Friend: “Helen, I’d like you to meet Jim Joyce.”
Wednesday, 21 June 2006 00:00

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 12: Gotcha

Rush hour traffic is heavy in all directions as you come to a red light. You are in the left lane with one car in front of you. The driver signals for a left turn, which is what you are…
Albert Einstein said that insanity is when someone does the same thing over and over but expects different results each time. Einstein was wrong. That is not insanity, but it is the hallmark of a psychological phenomenon called, “The repetition…
Like so many of the psychic forces that affect our lives, transference is mostly conducted at the unconscious level. (I’ll bet you are not surprised.) But unlike some other unconscious forces, transference is fairly easy to spot once we grasp…
Carl Jung was a workaholic, and unlike his wife he needed little sleep. After Mrs. Jung (Emma) went to bed, Carl would sit in their darkened bedroom sipping cognac after cognac while thinking great thoughts. One night he began ruminating…
We shrinks have been accused of starting the sexual revolution, which began in the mid-20th century. This isn’t true. A case could be made that it was the Irish writer, James Joyce, (no relation) who started the sexual revolution, at…
The emotional system is subject to illness just as are the various parts of the body, but to isolate an emotional illness, and put a completely accurate label on it, is often impossible. A bodily illness, on the other hand,…
Many people thing being a shrink is a mysterious, even glamorous, profession. It is, but only at cocktail parties. The day to day doing of it is hard work and often involves the elements of: Fear (I hope she doesn’t…
One of the first things we learned as psychoanalytic candidates was that a person’s I.Q. (basic intelligence) and his or her emotional stability have nothing to do with each other. Early on in my practice I experienced this. Some of…
When my session on a Friday was over I got up and proceeded to the door of the consultation room. As I passed Jean’s chair he handed me a piece of paper. He’d never done this and I asked what…
Early on psychoanalysis was dubbed “The Jewish Science” because nearly all of the first practitioners were Jews. Although Christianity was fathered by Judaism, there are some striking differences between these faiths. Jews don’t concern themselves with an afterlife; Christians are…
I had become a dedicated analysand (patient) and continued to see Veryl after my wife and sons moved back to Florida. I became hooked on the process, intrigued by the simple truths it revealed, and hungered for more. I also…
Wednesday, 05 April 2006 00:00

Use Eagles if Necessary, Chapter 1: Colorado

By Jim Joyce We like to think we are in charge of our lives, and sometimes we are, but there are times when events occur beyond our control that take us places we didn’t know existed and from which there…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Candidates share similar views on immigration

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on campaign issues in the 11th District Congressional race between Republican Congressman Charles Taylor and Democratic challenger Health Shuler. Voters looking to the topic of…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Family ties, past and present

The Ghost at the Table by Suzanne Berne. Algonquin Books, 2006. All of us bring ghosts to our table. Whether we dine alone in a lovely restaurant or take our supper at home with our spouse and children. Whether we…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Local pickers’ uncommon talent

By Chris Cooper It would be pretty tough to find someone around here that hasn’t heard at least a little about the hard working congregation of local musicians that call themselves Commonfolk.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Recommended diversions

'An Inconvenient Truth’ Regardless of where you may stand on political issues, one very important truth is making itself abundantly clear on this planet. It’s getting warmer. If you haven’t seen Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth,” you owe it…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Archeologist to visit proposed quarry site

By Sarah Kucharski • Staff Writer Tuckasegee residents are hoping that the proximity of an ancient Cherokee village to the site of a proposed rock quarry will help coax state officials not to issue a permit to the quarry’s operators.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Flood money decisions important for taxpayers

The media coverage the last three weeks about goings-on inside the Haywood County School System involve very complicated spending matters. The controversy about flood rebuilding decisions, FEMA reimbursements and accusations about motives, however, come down to a very important matter…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Swain sheriff challenger wants a turn at the helm

When word of a shooting in Whittier roused Swain County Sheriff Bob Ogle from his house last Thursday night, he arrived at a complex crime scene.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Isn’t anyone going to defend the pope?

By Marshall Frank They’re at it again. Once again, the world is held hostage as Christians pray for their lives and nations shutter at the prospect of chaos everywhere, all at the whim of the religion of peace.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

The end, perhaps, of the Bush tyranny

In the five years since the terrorists attacked us on 9/11, it has seemed that President Bush could get away with virtually anything, from falsely connecting the attack on 9/11 to our pre-emptive war on Iraq to completely ignoring the…
I woke up this morning with the echo of Johnson Catolster’ gentle laughter in my head. I had been dreaming that I was riding through the Great Smoky Mountains Park with Johnson, and as we came down U.S. 441 past…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Fine features of a familiar footpath

An ancient Chinese philosopher once admonished his listeners to “Study the familiar!” Ancient Chinese philosophers were always admonishing people to do one thing or another. That was their job. Sometimes they even knew what they were talking about.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Tourism task force rolls up its sleeves

A task force charged with inspecting the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority is attempting to reshape the county’s approach to tourism promotion.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Results of zip code study revealed Sept. 28

Results of a much anticipated zip code study conducted in Waynesville will be shared at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, at the Waynesville town hall.
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

Summer doldrums over

Birders are rejuvenated. Binoculars and spotting scopes have been cleaned and readied. Field guides have usurped The Da Vinci Code’s spot on the nightstand. Fall migration is in full swing.
Monarch butterflies will soon be passing through Western North Carolina on their long migration back to Mexico for the winter. The monarchs’ migration schedule is dependent on milkweed. They move north with the onset of spring, following the trail of…
Wednesday, 20 September 2006 00:00

24 hours of running

By Michael Beadle At first it seemed like madness. Why else would anyone freely submit to running 15 to 25 miles up and down steep mountain roads and trails over a 24-hour period? Little did I know what I was…
Everywhere you go in Western North Carolina there are secluded places reputed to have been used as hideaways by the 500 or so Cherokees seeking refuge during the removal era of the late 1830s. Most of these legends are oft-told…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:11

Land management series planned

Landowners will have the chance to get a better handle on managing their woodlands responsibly with a lineup of summer workshops between July 16 and Aug. 22, each focusing on a different aspect of land stewardship. Locations include Cradle of…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:10

Local environmental knowledge sought

The Coweeta Listening Project will come to Cowee Farmers Market from 3:30 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 10, to collect individual stories about special places in the region and the types of environmental changes that locals have seen over…
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:09

Shopping for conservation

Shopping at Mast General Store in Waynesville on Saturday, June 7, will be a plus for the planet.
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 00:08

T-shirt design contest uncovers artist

Shelby Reece from Waynesville Middle School won Haywood Waterways’ Kids in the Creek T-shirt design contest. Her winning design, “Jumping Trout,” will be featured on 800 T-shirts when the program occurs this fall. 
One of the most prized bringers of spring song in Western North Carolina is the golden-winged warbler, and Highlands Plateau Audubon Society has awarded a grant to help increase human knowledge of these beautiful and endangered birds.